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St Lucia Estuary Boat Cruise provided by Thompson's Touring & Safaris - Day Tours

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What you can expect during this experience
  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Face masks required for travellers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Hand sanitizer available to travellers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
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Updated 15/07/20 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.
Updated 15/07/20 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.
Explore South Africa's St. Lucia Estuary (iSimangaliso Wetland Park) aboard a double-decker boat with this leisurely cruise tour. Spot crocodiles and hippos as you journey through wetland waters, and keep an eye out for bird including eagles, vultures, and African broadbills.
  • Soak up the sights on a cruise around St. Lucia Estuary
  • Choose from multiple departure times to suit your schedule
  • Learn about native flora and fauna from your guide
  • Get into nature and escape the city for the day
Important Information
Departure Point
Saint Lucia, St Lucia, 3936, South Africa
Return Details
Returns to original departure point
  • Local guide
  • Alcoholic drinks (available to purchase)
  • Food and drinks
  • Gratuities
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
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Additional Info
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Travellers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • Infant seats available
  • Minimum numbers apply. If you are a single traveler, there is a possibility of cancellation after confirmation if there are not enough passengers to meet requirements. In the event of this occurring, you will be offered an alternative or full refund. If you are a single traveller and definitely want to go, you can guarantee the departure by paying for 2 people.
  • Not recommended for very young children
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s cancelled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 2 travellers
Cancellation Policy
If you cancel at least 3 days in advance of the scheduled departure, there is no cancellation fee. If you cancel within 2 days of the scheduled departure, there is a 100 percent cancellation fee.
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LalettaMM wrote a review Sep 2020
Tofinho, Mozambique126 contributions8 helpful votes
The Hippo cruise was a great experience! We were only exploring St. Lucia for future clients and went on our boat cruise the following day after scheduling with the tour guide Sia (probably spelled differently). The boat was packed with people and if you are interested in photos
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Date of experience: November 2019
The Weak Knee Traveler wrote a review Jun 2020
Singapore, Singapore11,794 contributions662 helpful votes
The duration of the cruise was a tad long as there's nothing much to see except some birds and lots of hippos. Too many of them that it started to get boring...
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Date of experience: July 2019
Fatz26 wrote a review Feb 2020
Centurion, South Africa43 contributions11 helpful votes
Truly speaking an hour is way to long especially if you are taking kids. Only one siting of a crocodile and an eagle. There were lots of Hippos but this is money wasted, Told not to bring own beverages but they did not even have bottles water.
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Date of experience: December 2019
andyh67186334 wrote a review Jan 2020
Coalville, United Kingdom4,436 contributions200 helpful votes
I visited St Lucia on a private tour from Durban. I was looking forward to observing, hippo, crocodile and bird life during this cruise. As it was a hot day and crocodiles are cold blooded, I mange to see one of them towards the end of the cruise, so bare this in mind. There
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Date of experience: January 2020
Anita Lordan wrote a review Jan 2020
Tzaneen, South Africa131 contributions5 helpful votes
It was fine the waters was very high because of all the rain and therefore we only saw hippo ears mostly and one croc. there is abundant bird life and nest on the river bank its a nice thing to do if you have time and just want to cruise lay back on the river
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Date of experience: December 2019
About the operator

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By: Thompson's Touring & Safaris - Day Tours
Julie I
We used Thompson's for all our tours in South Africa...
Hoping this is the right place to write this review. We recently spent two weeks in South Africa. Our trip starte
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Very rushed and only half visited
Due to really bad traffic we were delayed getting to our pick up point (they don't pick up out of Central Cape Town
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Great experience
My wife and I were delighted with our driver and our half-day outing. We were picked up on time at our hotel and ve
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Wonderful history lesson
Wonderful history lesson. Every visitor should learn all they can about apartheid and its challenges to South Afric
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A quick way to get to know Durban
Excellent guide! It was truly an eye opening experience. Learned a lot about Durban's history and saw several attra
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Township tour
Great tour and brilliant guide - gave an insight into life and the families which challenged the myths given by oth
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Very Interesting Tour Do It!!
We had a very interesting and educational day out with our fab tour guide Zandi. He picked us up on time at our hot
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Very Good
We went on several tours with Thompson's. Coaches were good, punctual, clean, with very good drivers and excellent
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Colleen W
Cape Town City Day Tour
Disappointed. Not what we were expecting. Table Mountain Cable car tickets were not included when we thought they w
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Best Tour Guide Ever
I had one of the best if not the best tour guide on this tour. Sally was awesome. She was very knowledgeable of a l
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Not Happy with service provider
We were scheduled for Thompsons Africa to have a private chauffeur pick us up from our hotel at 8A to tour Table Mo
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Santosh N
Very educational tour
The tour was very educational. The only issue that we had was the “marketing” of goods in the township. It looked
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A must do before it becomes a yawn!!
This was organised by Rudi Botha at Beach, Berg and Bush in Bolito, good deal, Rudi is keen and enthusiastic. He co
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Patrick L
Worst Tour Ever
I have been traveling internationally for over 40 years and yesterday's Cape Peninsula full day tour by Thompsons w
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Excellent tours of Cape Town
I recently used this company for a half day and full day tour of Cape Town and was not disappointed. Day one we had
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Key Details
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  • Duration: 2h
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